Acer’s latest Iconia W4 8-inch Windows 8 tablet PC is now shipping to the US customers. The first model on offer is the W4-820-2466 with 64GB of internal memory and a price of $380. A 32GB version with a lower price is expected to hit the market soon, but the 64GB edition is still a recommended choice because Windows 8 installation takes up the largest portion of space on the 32GB one.
As same as other late 2013 8-inch Windows tablets, the W4 is based on the Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail quad-core processor with a great power efficiency and basic computing performance. It’s coupled with 2GB of RAM. The display has a standard 1,280×800 resolution and IPS screen technology is included for better picture quality and viewing angles.
5MP rear and 2MP front cameras are there, as well as stereo speakers, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB, and, importantly, micro HDMI output. This video connector sets the W4 apart from the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Lenovo Miix 2. The competing Toshiba Encore 8 does have HDMI and additionally GPS, but it lacks IPS which is extremely important on devices used in both portrait and landscape modes. Therefore, the W4 and the 64GB W4-820-2466 model appear to be the best equipped among the aforementioned tablets.
However, the current price of $380 (Amazon) is higher than for instance Dell’s 64GB Venue 8 Pro, which currently retails for about $320. But, since the W4 is a brand new product, its price is expected to drop in the coming months.
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